The Catholic Bishop of Orlu Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma on Saturday 21st June 2014 marked the sixth year of his Episcopal Ordination. The occasion attracted friends and well-wishers both from within and outside the diocese.
In his remark, the Chairman of the occasion Prof. Anthony Uzoma stressed the importance of a Chief Shepherd to every diocese and his work which centers on the progress, growth and unity of the diocese. He said that Bishop Ukwuoma therefore deserved total support from priests, the religious and indeed the lay faithful of the diocese at both home and abroad.
Prof. Uzoma implored the people of the Diocese to always identify with the prelate, especially whenever he called for help.
In an address presented by Secretary of the Diocese, Rev Fr. Kingsley Umelo, the faithful noted that various achievements have been recorded since Bishop Ukwuoma assumed office in 2008, as well as maintaining a cordial relationship between the clergy, religious and the lay faithful. He described him as a shepherd who is always close to his people and a father with a humane heart.
The Secretary disclosed that due to the generosity and care the bishop has for his people, some catechists were presented with new motorcycles to help them in their services to church and humanity.
Fr. Umelo further pointed out that the bishop is faced with challenges including the Diocesan University and the re-roofing of the Cathedral which he said occupies so much of his mind. He pledged the unalloyed support of Christ’s faithful to the bishop.
The highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of the anniversary cake.